Accenture Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
8,635 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 55k range but the work/life balance is not worth the price in my opinion (in 565 reviews)

  • Good work culture generally but depends on the project u are working for (in 503 reviews)


Cons
  • work life balance despite being a tag line of many internal inititatives is a joke (in 1081 reviews)

  • Managers repeatedly ask you to stretch---I told you no WORK-LIFE balance:-( (in 177 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good place to start with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depends on the project you are in. Bangalore location is preferable for starters to explore good opportunities. You always have your choice of what to do. Culture is good.

    Cons

    Would be great if onshore opportunities are given based on ability rather than work visa availability. Employee preferences(especiall work location) need to be respected rather than accepting managerial decision.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Its ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture as a contractor

    Pros

    company has a good culture

    Cons

    company lacks training and leadership coaching

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on employees

  3.  

    Know what you want and don't let them push you into roles

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Consultant  in  Brisbane
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in Brisbane

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great opportunities, great people to work with, training is great if you get a chance to go, as well as if you get time for online training

    Cons

    They will sell you into a role regardless of your qualifications. You may be a business analyst and get sold into an IT/testing role just to boost chargeability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forcing people into roles, will make them leave if they can. Consider this when forcing people into roles

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ideal first step, but know when to leave..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - An ideal place for graduates to start their careers. New joiners can gain a lot of diverse experience in a short period of time, and will benefit from the Accenture brand on their CVs.
    - Accenture is a truly global brand with a lot of opportunity across different clients, industries and projects (one bonus is overseas training in Kuala Lumpur or Chicago - even better if you can take leave afterwards for a 'free' holiday). The experience of working across multiple clients is invaluable.
    - One of Accenture's core values is 'best people', and I have found this to be a true reflection of the Accenture workforce. I have come across very, very few people that I have not enjoyed working with - the majority of people are highly intelligent, very driven and a pleasure to work alongside.
    - I have always felt appropriately compensated for my work and found the promotion and performance cycle to be merit based. Occasionally someone 'falls through the cracks' but for the most part the right people are promoted.

    Cons

    - Accenture is ostensibly a technology company, and technology is at the forefront of almost everything we do. This can be frustrating for those (such as myself) with business backgrounds who are looking for management consulting or strategy consulting experience. Recruitment do not make the technology emphasis abundantly clear and I have seen many colleagues disappointed at the reality of being engaged on SI-type engagements in which they have little or no interest.
    - While there undoubtedly is a lot of opportunity within the Accenture universe, you have to be extremely proactive to realize these opportunities and control the direction of your career. Recruitment like to push the idea that you can 'choose' your roles, but the reality is very different and at an Analyst/Consultant level it is very easy to get pushed into roles that do match your professional goals. Typically, if a Manager wants to staff you on a project, you will have no choice in the matter. I have seen Strategy consultants forced onto 6 month long SI engagements before. This is especially a problem in small markets where the majority of work may sit across one or two industries and a handful of clients with limited variety in work.
    - Work/life balance is project-specific and very much a case of peaks and troughs. The peaks can be extremely intense, with 15 hour days, weekend work and late night conference calls commonplace on some projects. The salt in the wound is that the culture of 'ghosting' hours is seemingly engrained in Accenture's culture, meaning that employees are rarely remunerated for overtime. Thankfully projects like this are the exception rather than the rule, and at times it can be possible to work close to 9 - 5. Less thankfully, work/life balance gets worse the more senior you become.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - It is time to get serious about work/life balance. There is no excuse for under-resourcing projects and ending up working people to the bone at the expense of family, health and relationships.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Fast paced environment, with plenty of opportunities to take on responsibility. Self directed career choices.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategy Analyst  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Strategy Analyst in Melbourne

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to start a career with plenty of exit opportunities in the technology industry (due to a strong technology brand). Good hard working culture, fostering people development.

    Cons

    Lower than market rate salary
    Not a strong management consulting brand

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    System integrator, not a proper consulting company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Global network and opportunities, relocation possibilities

    Cons

    Quality of people they are recruiting, not great culture and value

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality of people they are recruiting, not great culture and value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very competitive and hard to succeed without self promotion

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accenture full-time

    Pros

    Diversity of projects and gain expire to a lot of business practices both within the company and their clients

    Cons

    Long, long, long hours. Promotion depends on performance ratings, but more importantly on how good you are at promoting yourself as an valuable asset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    How Accenture can Destroy your career < Highly Applicable for Experienced Hires >

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    None so to speak...Except for the fact that a job here would enable you to earn a living ..

    Cons

    This firm will go down as one of the worst experiences for me. I now understand why Accenture requires a heavily marketed approach towards attracting talent . Dont get fooled by the clout created by this firm which promotes itself as an employer of choice. The reality is these guys will be even ready to send you to clean toilets if they re able to sell you to a client.. The term "Consulting " doesnt really hold any real meaning here as the bulk of Accenture's Consulting workforce merely does a glorified Project Management role. You will find many managers who come from non-technical background with the title of architects and if you happen to be someone who loves technology you will realize that you are being supervised by incompetent idiots with no real knowledge.

    PS: I have worked for well known fortune 100 technology firms and am well respected as a technology expert in my industry domain. I would like to do myself a favor and leave Accenture as soon as I can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful as to what you can really do for a client by looking around the quality of your workforce instead of promising the sky and the moon to the client .

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Every positive is followed by a bigger negative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Opportunity to travel to KL or Chicago for training
    - Plenty of networking events (free drinks)

    Cons

    - Learning and development is lacking. While you do get to go to Chicago or Kuala Lumpur for training, note that this is once every 2-4 years and it's only 1 or 2 weeks. That is just about the only training you will realistically get. Also the training is too generalised, meaning you might get trained in areas that are not specific to your region. For our training we did case studies on digital marketing and retention, when in reality no clients in our geographic region require this type of work from us.

    - Work life balance is terrible. Sometimes workers and senior managers will give you bad looks just for leaving ON TIME. I've seen analysts sitting at their desks until 7pm at night, literally doing no work but afraid to go home because Senior Management might not think they are team players. Pathetic.

    - Promotions are inconsistent. Accenture will try and justify any reason to not promote employees for as long as possible. Have you had excellent chargeability? Good, except you don't have enough performance reviews..NO PROMOTION. Good performance reviews? Well you haven't gone beyond your work requirements. So NO PROMOTION. Good performance review and chargeability? Yeah but you're not working to a level beyond your current pay grade...NO PROMOTION. Their criteria for promotion and bonuses is painfully subjective. Talk to 10 Managers at Accenture on how to get promoted and you'll get 10 completely different responses.

    - Pay. Not that good when considering how many hours we are required to work. I've never talked to anybody at Accenture who is truly happy with their pay, only a bunch of people who hate it now but hold onto hope that a good pay rise is in order when they get promoted.

    - Treatment of Employees is poor. Managers and Snr. Managers are extremely disinterested and disrespectful towards employees. I was asked to work on excel models over the weekend, only to come in on a Monday and be told that they changed their minds on the requirements, but they forgot to tell me. Weekend well spent. Many of the lower level staff are incredibly fake and willing to screw anybody over to make themselves look better. Some lower level staff have been put specifically on certain project not to learn or provide value in any way, but to simply take the blame/fall for Snr. Management should the need arise. The ironic thing is the few genuine and cool people in the organisation end up leaving ASAP.

    - You have no say in where your career is headed. You're pretty much put on projects to fill voids. If there is a vacancy they will put you on it regardless of skills (or lack of).

    - Overall employee sentiment. I was on a particularly large client where the employees were so dissatisfied that the Senior staff decided to have weekly Friday night drinks paid for by the client to try and boost morale. Only about 1/3rd of the Accenture guys would actually turn up to these. People were so sick of the working conditions they wouldn't even turn up for free alcohol and food. The few bitter and fake pretending to be friendly people that did turn up would sit there and complain about work, the client, Accenture etc. I got sick of it after attending two, so I stopped going too. The few genuine and friendly people obviously never turned up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really need to reconsider how you treat your staff. It's not enough to say "Hey you work in consulting, so duh the hours are going to be long what did you expect".

    Work life balance should be better promoted. It's not enough to just brag about how you promote work life balance. What are you actually doing to promote it? Where is a flexi-time initiative? How can we get recognition for the work we do when we're forced and bullied to write 7.5 hours on time sheets Monday-Friday regardless of overtime or work on weekends?

    Rather than telling people to learn to swim or drown, why not put more effort into actually providing staff the correct training for their work?

    I doubt clients would ever take Accenture on board if it wasn't for the crazy promises we make and the low prices we charge. By putting more people on projects to lower the workload and hours, it pretty much means Accenture is not profitable or the client simply won't take us on board. Accenture needs to earn respect and really establish itself as worth the extra money and expertise and not just simple cheap labour that can work 15 hours a day with no repercussions.

    Another way to help lower the working hours is to train management more effectively. Many Managers and above that I have dealt with are indecisive and lack the basic skills required for leadership. This results in many mistakes and rework as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Don't walk the talk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager

    I have been working at Accenture full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to a lot of on-line training

    Cons

    Focused on billable hours at the expense of delivering true value for customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reviewing the consulting model to reflect emerging technologies. Customers expect lower costs as a result of advances in digital area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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